with Juan Manuel Acosta
in Cambridge, by Tangueando
We were very happy to have again with us our first tango teacher, talented dancer and dear friend Juan Manuel Acosta.
In his sixth visit in Cambridge, Juan Manuel gave a number of tango workshops and a Tango seminar aimed at improving both the aesthetic and technical parts of the dance as well as giving us an insight into the research, practice and experimentation that leads to clean, flowing movement.
Have a look at his biography below
Continuing on his workshops in the previous years and our work at the classes, Juan Manuel gave a number of workshops designed to help us progress our understanding of Tango dance and its technique. His excellent fluid movements, the result of decades of hard work, inspired us once again.
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Juan Manuel Acosta started learning tango at the age of 16 in Buenos Aires with local milongueros and renowned teachers such as Elvira Virulazo, Gloria y Eduardo, Chicho Frumboli and Los Angio amongst others. At the age of 18 he joined the «Escuela de Tango Rodolfo Dinzel» for another four years.
By the age of 20 he entered the Tango dance company of Hector Mayoral and Elsa Maria in Buenos Aires and also performed at concerts with the «Orquesta del Tango de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires» directed by Raúl Garello. He complemented his tango dance training with courses in contemporary, jazz, ballet and other modern styles in Buenos Aires and London.
While in the UK, Juan Manuel performed in shows by local UK tango dance groups as well as renowned enterprises such as the opera "La Boheme" at the Royal Albert Hall. He also taught tango all around the UK and quickly became well known and sought-after both for his technical skills and for his effective teaching approach.
He worked for the internationally acclaimed dance companies «Tango x2» (Miguel Angel Zotto), «Tango Pasión» (Hector Zaraspe) and «TangoKinesis» (Ana María Stekelman and Alfredo Arias) with which he performed all over the world. Juan Manuel has also accompanied «Sexteto Fabio Hager». After he returned to Buenos Aires he worked at some of the best known “Casas de Tango” like Taconeando, Señor Tango, Esquina Carlos Gardel and Tango Porteño.
Juan Manuel is regularly visiting the UK to teach and perform.
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Workshops & Seminar
Juan Manuel gave two workshops on Friday, one on Saturday and a Seminar on Sunday:
• FRIDAY: Tango workshops
• SATURDAY: Tango workshop
• SUNDAY: Tango Seminar
Together with his stage career and his research into movement as a stage and contemporary dancer, Juan Manuel's teaching is focused on Tango salon and how tango is danced in its social, cultural and popular expression.
Juan Manuel Acosta & Julia Urruty
Tango: «Mi dolor» by Alfredo de Angelis
The workshops took place at our usual Friday teaching space (the same venue as Milonga Pasional - "Magenta" site):
St. Augustine's church, 101 Richmond Road, Cambridge, CB4 3PS
The workshop on Saturday took place at our usual Tuesday teaching space (Brown's Field - "Red" site):
Brown's Field Youth & Community Centre, 31a Green End Road, Cambridge, CB4 1RU
The Seminar on Sunday 3 December took place at our usual Sunday teaching space, at the Ross Street Community Centre ("cyan" site):
75 Ross Street, Cambridge, CB1 3UZ